Silence (2017)

Martin Scorsese's SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 13, 2017
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2017
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Silence ends Martin Scorsese's decades-long creative quest with a thoughtful, emotionally resonant look at spirituality and human nature that stands among the director's finest works.

Amy Nicholson

Scorsese doesn't glorify martyrdom, and he doesn't even hate the killers. He makes death as blunt and dull and useless as a snapped pencil. The point is that there is no point.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This may not be Scorsese's best film, but it's unquestionably his most impassioned.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

At a buttock-numbing two hours and 41 minutes, my goodness this is hard work.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Alternately powerful and somnolent.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Scorsese's abiding passion and respect for his source material are everywhere in evidence. For once, perhaps, they are a little too great.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

The cinematic experience of the film is exemplary, if hardly "fun".

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

For those not exulted by the inner-workings of devotion, it's a slog.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

"Silence" feels like a career summation for a filmmaker who has spent his life exploring his faith through his work. Here is a movie about the importance of religion that will move you, regardless of whichever God you worship - or don't.

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M. Faust
The Public (Buffalo)

Even at its unnecessary length, Silence is seldom boring.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
Martin Scorsese is, undoubtedly, one of the great American filmmakers. For over 40 years he has been the guy that has wanted to wash the scum off the streets;… More
Kevin M. Williams
A priest in 17th century Japan has his faith tested by anti-Christian government officials. Interesting for the devout. Not so much for anyone else.
Carlos Magalhăes
It begins heavy-handed and moves only gradually towards greatness, raising intelligent questions about the merits and virtue of faith when one follows a silent… More
KJ Proulx
Back in the day when films like Ben-Hur or The Bridge on the River Kwai were the films to top the box office, sweeping epics were the box office gold that… More
Pierluigi Puccini
For a non religious person such as myself, to be intellectually and morally challenged by the hardships of jesuit missionaries in the backdrop of a repressive… More
Nate Zoebl
A nearly three-hour movie about Portuguese Jesuit priests facing persecution in 17th century Japan and struggling with the personal demands and costs of their… More